Should Canada Bring Back the Death Penalty for Violent Killers?
Outside the London courthouse on Friday after the Michael Rafferty verdict was announced (guilty on all counts), someone driving past the court house yelled out, "hang him."
There was similar reaction online with many calling for more than just life in prison with no chance for parole for 25 years for Rafferty, who will be sentenced on Tuesday.
But on Closing Arguments Sunday afternoon on Newstalk 1010, noted defence lawyer Eddie Greenspan said the death penalty is not the answer for those seeking justice.
"Revenge as a central theme for criminal justice policy is simply impermissible in our a country like ours, in a democracy, or any country where there is human dignity," said Greenspan.
He told host and Newstalk 1010 legal analyst Steve Skurka that life in prison is a terrible penalty and doubts someone like Rafferty or another violent killer would ever see the light of day again.
"They're not going to get parole someday. After 25 years they are eligible to apply for parole," he said. "I doubt if you're going to find a single Canadian 25 years from that's going to appointed to the parole board that will even listen to Rafferty."